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3/20/2017 5:03:23 PM
Posted: 9/17/2001 8:36:08 AM EDT
I picked up an ALICE pack about a month ago at the local surplus store. I do a lot of camping, hiking, and fishing....so I figured for $20 it was a killer deal. When I loaded it up and put it on, it seemed to carry the weight too far back. I kept feeling like I had to tighten the straps, or grab the straps by my shoulders and pull the pack closer and higher. It kept falling back, and hanging low. It was pretty full, and I have the medium size pack without the frame. What am I doing wrong? I know this can't be right, it was very uncomfortable. Does the frame make a big difference? I have screws in my lower back from surgery, so comfort in a pack is a BIG deal to me. I just asssumed since the military uses ALICE packs, they would be sturdy and comfy. Any help would be appreciated
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 8:41:33 AM EDT
You got a good deal on the pack but ALICE was never a 'comfy' pack. There is a reason that we call it the 'life sucking tick'. There are many comfortable pack designs on the market these days that would make you alot happier -- the amount of happiness is incomprehensible until you actually try some. High Performance Tactical Gear! [url]www.Lightfighter.com[/url]
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 8:45:07 AM EDT
Get the frame.[:D]
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 9:47:37 AM EDT
I have seen some new shoulder staps that have a buckle betten the staps about chest high. looks like they would be a very big help,I think they were called Ranger somthing or another.Yes the frame will help.
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 10:01:28 AM EDT
ALICE is a great 'cut & run' pack, but it's not designed for comfort. The frame will tend to place pack weight more on your hip bones; the straps alone transfer all weight to your shoulders. If comfort is what you're looking for, go to a good backpacking store & get measured/fitted by someone with experience. hanko
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 10:05:12 AM EDT
silverstrand_pat, I started out with a Medium Alice pack. Without the frame, the weight did not seem to distribute evenly and in my opinion, it was not very comfortable. A friend of mine gave me his frame and it was alot more comfortable because there was nothing poking my back. If you hike/camp alot on simple trails, or in the woods, the Alice Pack is ideal. The extrernal frame cools your back and you can attach alot of other equipment to the frame with straps which you can buy almost any where for less than $1. I've used for a 7 day trip once and it worked out fine. I decided to ditch my Alice pack because my trips are mainly overseas and I spend 3 to 4 weeks there. I do alot of trekking and winter camping so I bought a Dana Design 6000 cu pack which served my purpose. This pack is expensive but it does the job for me. The most comfortable pack for hiking right now are the Osprey Packs. Thats just my opinion but let me warn you, the price is HIGH! Good luck. Cheers, lefty12
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 1:47:32 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 4:54:08 PM EDT
[url]www.tacticaltailor.com[/url] has some good stuff for ALICE too.
Link Posted: 9/17/2001 5:28:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/18/2001 8:30:46 AM EDT
Thanks guys I think I'll pick up a frame and waist strap for now....maybe someday I can invest in a nice North Face or Dana Designs pack.
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